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Fox's '25th Anniversary Special' Is a Ratings Bust -- But It's Not Alone TVbytheNumbers

Fox’s heavily promoted ‘25th Anniversary Special,’ accompanied by special airings of the pilots for the network’s seminal shows “The Simpsons” and “Married ... With Children,” failed to pump life into the Sunday ratings.

When all was said and done, none of the broadcast networks showed signs of life. They all failed to crack a 2.0 average rating for prime time in the key demo of adults 18-49, TVbytheNumbers.com reports, citing Nielsen overnights.

At the top of the rankings for prime overall Sunday night were ABC and CBS, with 1.9 averages in 18-49, followed by Fox with a 1.7 and NBC with a 1.5. CBS won total viewers with 9.9 million, ahead of ABC (7.5 million), NBC (6.3 million) and Fox (3.9 million).

Fox’s “Married ... With Children” pilot at 7 p.m. scraped up only a 1.3 average rating in 18-49, followed by “The Simpsons” with a 1.5. The two-hour anniversary special, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, managed a 1.8 -- well short of most of the competition. ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” pulled a 2.9 at 8 p.m., while CBS’s “Amazing Race” grabbed a 2.5.

On NBC, the two-hour “Celebrity Apprentice” was down two-tenths of a ratings point from last week, but its 2.0 in the 18-49 demo still beat the competition at 9 p.m.